Creswell Award

Named for the first dean of our college, this award recognizes a current or retired faculty or staff member who has provided leadership in motivating and guiding students.

Jerry Gale

  • Served as Clinical Director of the FACS Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program for 18 years and was one of the founders of the UGA ASPIRE Clinic.
  • Obtained his Ph.D. from Texas Tech in 1989 and immediately began teaching as an assistant professor, retiring as full professor in 2020.
  • Received the Outstanding Research Award from the American Family Therapy Academy in 2006.
  • Has taught meditation classes at UGA for the past nine years and founded the Mindful Friday Morning Meditation event at the Georgia Museum of Art, for which he earned the Educational Program of the Year award from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries in 2017.
  • Has authored over 66 peer-reviewed publications, 26 book chapters and three books which combined have over 4,500 citations.
  • “He creates an environment where students are encouraged, supported and challenged to think beyond the texts and engage in a dialogue not only with others, but with themselves,” one former graduate student wrote.
  • In retirement, he serves on two national boards, one international board and one local board.
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